Sourav Ganguly cautioned India about Imran Tahir
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir would be a threat to India if the hosts make a turning wicket for the Test series beginning in Mohali on November 5. Ganguly recommends a sporting wicket for this series otherwise, he warned, Tahir will bamboozle India to win the match of South Africa.
Ganguly while talking to a TV channel said on Friday, “Tahir is a quality spinner and he will be a threat in Indian conditions. I want India to make sporting wickets and not square turners. If they make a square turner, then Tahir will be a match winner.”
South Africa considering the Indian conditions picked three specialists for their four-Test series in India as they recalled Tahir, who was not picked for Bangladesh series since the Test series against visiting West Indies in January, and Dane Piedt to join Simon Harmer, another off-break bowlers in the Test squad led by Hashim Amla.
South Africa, who are currently the holder of numero uno post in ICC Test ranking, has just lost two series in the last nine years, both at home to Australia and the last time and the last away series they lost in 2006 to Sri Lanka.
However, Ganguly still believes it would be difficult for the Amla led side to beat India. “It is a long series and I don’t think India can play badly in all the four Tests. South Africa really have to do well to beat India,” Ganguly said.
“I want a hard wicket which will have bounce and start turning from the fourth day. In Indian conditions, a match usually takes shape fourth day onwards when wickets fall in a heap.
“The key to success for India is to bat well and put a 500-plus run on board up front.” Ganguly heaped praise on Test captain Virat Kohli, who led India to a series win in Sri Lanka recently.
“He’s one captain who always looks win, winning is everything for him… At times, his body language may be over aggressive and he may cross the line but I like his mindset. It was an exceptional achievement to win in Sri Lanka. “He’s an outstanding batsman, he’s a much-needed personality to take Indian cricket forward.”
On Amla’s captaincy, Ganguly said: “I have not seen his captaincy… He’s cool and composed, his batting will be key in these conditions.”